Guide to Bookish Acronyms

Guide to Bookish Acronyms

It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted my Guide to Bookish Vocabulary, so I thought it was about time I wrote my Guide to Bookish Acronyms! My video on this topic went up on my Booktube channel earlier in the week, but I promised I would also post it here so people could refer to it whenever they needed to.

So, without further ado, here’s a list of the most popular shortened forms of book titles, to help you navigate the bookish world…

ADSOMA Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

AEITAAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

AGGGTM/GG,BB/AGAD A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, Good Girl, Bad Blood and As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson

AR/AB/AEAurora Rising, Aurora Burning and Aurora’s End by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

CC: Cassandra Clare, whose books include:

  • TMI (The Mortal Instruments series), which includes the books CoB (City of Bones), CoA (City of Ashes), CoG (City of Glass), CoFA (City of Fallen Angels), CoLS (City of Lost Souls) and CoHF (City of Heavenly Fire).
  • TID (The Infernal Devices series), which includes the books CA (Clockwork Angel) and CP (Clockwork Prince/Clockwork Princess).
  • TDA (The Dark Artifices series), which includes the books LM (Lady Midnight), LoS (Lord of Shadows) and QoAaD (Queen of Air and Darkness).
  • TLH (The Last Hours series), which includes the books CoG (Chain of Gold), CoI (Chain of Iron) and the upcoming CoT (Chain of Thorns).

CoBCity of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

CoBaB/CoVaVChildren of Blood and Bone and Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

DIMILY/DIMINY/DIMIMYDid I Mention I Love You?, Did I Mention I Need You? and Did I Mention I Miss You? by Estelle Maskame

DoSaBDaughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

EoTVEmpire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

FBAA/AKOFF/COGB From Blood and Ash, A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire and The Crown of Gilded Bones by JLA (Jennifer L. Armentrout)

GOPAFGirls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

GoTGame of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Hitchhiker’s A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

HP – Harry Potter

KoTW/KoTCKingdom of the Wicked and Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco

KoTLCKeeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

LB: Leigh Bardugo, whose books include:

  • S&B (Shadow and Bone), S&S (Siege and Storm) and R&R (Ruin and Rising)
  • SoC (Six of Crows) and CK (Crooked Kingdom)
  • KoS (King of Scars) and RoW (Rule of Wolves)

LoTRLord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

MMUMurder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

NN/GG/DDNevernight, Godsgrave and Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

PJ – Percy Jackson

Priory The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

RRRed Rising by Pierce Brown

S&D/B&H/G&MSerpent & Dove, Blood & Honey and Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin

SJM: Sarah J. Maas, whose books include:

  • ACOTAR (A Court of Thorns and Roses), ACOMAF (A Court of Mist and Fury), ACOWAR (A Court of Wings and Ruin), ACOFAS (A Court of Frost and Starlight) and ACOSF (A Court of Silver Flames)
  • CC (the Crescent City series), which currently includes the books HOEAB (House of Earth and Blood) and HOSAB (House of Sky and Breath)
  • ToG (Throne of Glass), CoM (Crown of Midnight), HoF (Heir of Fire), ToD (Tower of Dawn), QoS (Queen of Shadows), EoS (Empire of Storms), KoA (Kingdom of Ash) and TAB (The Assassin’s Blade)

SJTRStalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

TBSThe Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

StD/MoNStrange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

TATBILBTo All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

TCP/TWK/QoN/HTKOFLTHSThe Cruel Prince, The Wicked King, The Queen of Nothing and How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black

THGThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

THUGThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

TPW/TDR/TBGThe Poppy War, The Dragon Republic and The Burning God by R.F. Kuang

TVD/OVEThese Violent Delights and Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

WoT – The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan


I hope this Guide to Bookish Acronyms has helped you feel a little less overwhelmed by the sheer number of shortened book names floating around the Bookternet. If there are any I’ve missed which are still confusing you, leave them down in the comments and I’ll help if I can.

Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you on Tuesday for another Top Ten Tuesday,